Affera started in 2014 with a simple goal that paid off when Medtronic (NYSE:MDT) bought the company for up to $1 billion this year. Achieving that goal, however, took some unconventional and sometimes difficult design choices, Affera founder and CEO Doron Harlev said. Newton, Massachusetts–based Affera's system diagnoses, maps and treats … [Read more...] about Why Affera’s cardiac ablation technology is worth $1B to Medtronic
Endosmart partners with Chamfr to provide nitinol components for medical devices
Endosmart today announced it partnered with Chamfr to provide nitinol components for medical devices online. Through the partnership, engineers can order selected nitinol braids, shape-set tubes and wires and grinder wires from Chamfr's website. "Chamfr is giving medical device engineers what they need to quickly drive innovation," Endosmart … [Read more...] about Endosmart partners with Chamfr to provide nitinol components for medical devices
Plastics and medical devices: Changes for safety and cost
The move toward polypropylene and polyethylene in medical devices requires new manufacturing and assembly solutions such as ultrasonic and laser welding. Didier Perret, Emerson Plastics are ubiquitous in medical applications thanks to their light weight, durability and flexibility, among other attributes. However, concern has been increasing … [Read more...] about Plastics and medical devices: Changes for safety and cost
Junkosha boosts production of PTFE liners and FEP-based heat shrink
Junkosha announced today that it plans to double production capacity to meet shortages of PTFE liners and FEP-based heat shrink for catheter manufacturers. Both OEMs and contract manufacturers in the catheter space are stressed from shortages in the global supply of vital components, according to the Japanese maker of sophisticated fluoropolymer … [Read more...] about Junkosha boosts production of PTFE liners and FEP-based heat shrink
XL Precision Technologies plans UK, U.S. expansions
XL Precision Technologies (XL-PT) has announced a major capital investment to expand facilities in the first quarter of 2021. At the primary manufacturing site in Stockton-on-Tees (UK), XL-PT has signed the lease to the adjacent building, which will add 17,400 ft2 of floor space to the existing capacity. Occupancy is expected within three … [Read more...] about XL Precision Technologies plans UK, U.S. expansions
What is the difference between thermoplastics, thermosets and elastomers?
by International Polymer Engineering Plastics that are both strong and lightweight improve the safety, performance and convenience of a wide variety of products that we all use every single day. Plastics consist mainly of macromolecules that are processed into molded parts, films, fibers or finished/semi-finished products. The specific … [Read more...] about What is the difference between thermoplastics, thermosets and elastomers?
Swiss scientists make ‘micromachines’ for self-deploying stents and more
Researchers in Zurich reported today that they have invented a manufacturing technique to build "micromachines" out of metal and plastic in which these two materials are interlocked as closely as links in a chain. These robots are so tiny that they can maneuver through blood vessels and deliver medications to certain points in the body — a goal … [Read more...] about Swiss scientists make ‘micromachines’ for self-deploying stents and more
6 ways the right tubing supplier can improve product development
Partnering with a vertically integrated manufacturer can help engineers optimize designs, improve manufacturability and accelerate new product development. Michael Holt, Integer (Image courtesy of Integer) Medtech design engineers face extraordinary opportunities and challenges created by rapidly advancing clinical markets. To … [Read more...] about 6 ways the right tubing supplier can improve product development
DuPont boosts tubing manufacturing at Michigan plant
DuPont today announced that it will invest an unspecified amount in tubing manufacturing improvements at its healthcare industries materials site in Hemlock, Mich. Upgrades include extrusion capacity expansion for tubing, a new ISO 7 cleanroom, and ongoing elastomer capacity expansions with new mixing equipment for liquid silicone rubber (LSR) … [Read more...] about DuPont boosts tubing manufacturing at Michigan plant
What is coextrusion?
Coextrusion is the process of pressing two or more materials into a single piece of tubing. Coextruded tubing is commonly used in the packaging and medical device industries. For example, multi-layered extruded tubing can be used for drug delivery applications, including insulin delivery, angiography and pain therapy. Coextruded tubing can … [Read more...] about What is coextrusion?